Environmental

Canadian parliament member calls for independent safety review of glyphosate

Roundup glyphosate Monsanto 375x121 Canadian parliament member calls for independent safety review of glyphosateCanadian Member of Parliament (MP) Carol Hughes is pressing the Canadian government to conduct an independent review of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, to determine the effects of the herbicide on users and whether the chemical can cause cancer.

“There was a presentation made at a meeting I recently attended, and one of the lawyers on hand had argued the case in the U.S. that their client, a groundskeeper, had been exposed to the herbicide glyphosate in Roundup and has terminal cancer. It is believed it is caused by years of his exposure to glyphosate,” said Hughes, who represents Ontario’s federal electoral district of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing.

In August, a California jury awarded $289 million to school groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson after finding his regular use of Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers – both of which contain glyphosate – caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Glyphosate is categorized by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a “probable carcinogen.” Monsanto faces thousands of similar lawsuits in the U.S.

Hughes said the attorneys “explained how a blind eye is being turned to scientific evidence that shows if a person is exposed to this herbicide for a long period, it causes cancer.” Also in attendance at the presentation was Dr. Meg Sears, chairwoman of Prevent Cancer Now, who raised similar concerns.

Hughes said an independent review is needed in part because “most of the reviews that have been done on glyphosate have been done and paid for by Monsanto itself.” Despite these red flags, she said the federal government continues to allow glyphosate to be liberally doused on crops in Canada.

MP Karen Ludwig, who represents the district of New Brunswick Southwest, has also called for an independent review of glyphosate due to public health concerns.

Source: The Manitoulin Expositor